Category Archives: Frontend Performance

Implementing New Relic Real User Monitoring in Magento

A few months ago, New Relic introduced Real User Monitoring.  It natively supports WordPress and Drupal as of the time of this writing.  By “natively supports”, I mean you can just turn it on in the New Relic control panel and your web servers will start automatically injecting it into your pages’ head.  Real User Monitoring works with any web app, however — you just have to manually add the code yourself.

Here’s how you add it to a Magento theme template. Continue reading Implementing New Relic Real User Monitoring in Magento

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Hosted YUI 3 CSS – Combine or Not?

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I really really like YUI’s CSS ResetBase, and Fonts for creating a “blank slate” for new designs.  Grids, not as much — mostly I don’t find the naming conventions to be intuitive, so while they kind of make it easier to get the results I want, maintaining it is a chore and feels like work.  But I digress.

A discussion we’ve had at work a few times: should we use Google’s hosted jQuery?  (Here’s my answer.)  So I wanted to know, what about using Yahoo’s CDN -hosted YUI CSS libraries?   Continue reading Hosted YUI 3 CSS – Combine or Not?